Joseph Cainero, 75, from Mackay Harbour (pictured outside of Mackay Magistrates Court) has been charged with recklessly laundering money.
Joseph Cainero, 75, from Mackay Harbour (pictured outside of Mackay Magistrates Court) has been charged with recklessly laundering money. Luke Mortimer

$1M Mackay money laundering accused still without solicitor

A 75-YEAR-OLD man from Mackay Harbour remains without a lawyer more than six months after he was accused of laundering more than $1 million in an international scam.

Joseph Cainero faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday with the aid of a motorised scooter, accompanied by a woman in support.

Cainero has been charged with money laundering recklessly between January 1, 2015 and July 7, 2017.

It's alleged Cainero established three Australian companies - JC Enterprising, JC Web Creations and ITZ Services - after he was approached by a scam international computer repair company to become a representative and receive funds.

It's also claimed victims were subject to cold calling scams, advising their computer had to be fixed, and then they provided remote access to the scammers, who downloaded a ransomware virus.

Cainero told Magistrate Damien Dwyer he will soon be engaging a lawyer.

Mr Dwyer adjourned the case for several days.


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